Walnut-rich diet 'can aid weight loss and cholesterol reduction'

12 February 2016

A new study has indicated that a walnut-rich diet can be an effective means of helping people keep off weight and reduce their cholesterol levels.

The research from the University of California, San Diego studied 245 overweight and obese women enrolled in a one-year behavioural weight loss intervention. During the study, they consumed a lower fat and higher carbohydrate diet, a lower carbohydrate and higher fat diet, or a walnut-rich, higher fat and lower carbohydrate diet.

Average weight loss was nearly eight per cent of initial weight for all groups, but those eating a lot of walnuts exhibited the most improvement in lipid levels, especially among insulin-resistant individuals.

Walnuts are primarily comprised of polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to positively impact heart health markers such as cholesterol.

Dr Cheryl Rock of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine said: "Considering the results of this study, as well as previous walnut research on heart health and weight, there's something to be said for eating a handful of walnuts a day."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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